Vinyasa the poetry of yoga practices

Vinyasa the poetry of yoga practices

Vinyasa the poetry of yoga practices

There is a yoga practice that is full of silent beautiful rhythm. Every movement of the body is so smooth and graceful, is like a melody. The amazing flow that creates a feeling of lightness, ease and relaxation. That’s how the Vinyasa yoga feels and looks like.

The meaning of the word “Vinyasa” can explain a lot about the inner purpose of this practice, which is “arranging something in a special way“. In this yoga classes, the main is to coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next. Before we tell you why Vinyasa is the poetry of yoga, let’s get deep into the world of yoga branches and different practices, to discover the beauty of this physical and spiritual teaching.

In the beginning, there was only one style of yoga that evolves through the years. The most significant influence on the evolution of yoga is the Western world. Nowadays yoga transformed so much to adapt the ancients teaching to the modern world and people’s needs for spiritual awakening, healing and physical activities.

We can trace the roots of all the yoga styles that we know today to Hatha yoga, Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. If you are new into yoga you should know that these styles are the grammar of yoga practice. They are known from centuries and are the inspiration behind every yoga style that we know today.

The Grammar of yoga

The traditional yoga styles are more challenging and highly structured for some people. For example, the Iyengar’s method is a form of hatha yoga and is based on giving primacy to the physical alignment of the body in the poses. In this style, it is taught that there is a correct way to do each pose and that every student will one day be able to attain perfect poses through consistent practice. The traditional yoga practices teach as so much about every asana, they are truly the grammar of yoga that is the foundation that every practitioner should know. But let be honest, sometimes the obsolete and old outlook of yoga can be less enjoyable and difficult, and too much for our twenty-first-century lifestyle.

The poetry of yoga

Nowadays yoga styles can be so fun and innovative. For Jose Luis Jimenez, who is a long time yoga practitioner and teacher, Vinyasa practice is the poetry of yoga. He has originally trained in Tai Chi and Iyengar yoga and learned the depth of traditions of this ancient teaching.

When Jose came to Bali he started his modern approach to yoga learning and teaching Vinyasa style. He was so inspired by this modern approach and immediately fell in love with the different Vinyasa yoga styles. Jose saw that yoga can be fun and asanas can be done with a more energetic and flowing way. This amazing experience makes him a truly unique Vinyasa yoga teacherJose has a deep understanding of the yoga teaching, that’s why his classes are initiating the work, sustaining it and then building to a peak, and completing and integrating it.

The most important thing in the Vinyasa practice are the two primary teachings – building a proper foundation and then constructing the practice to its peak and then slowly cool it down. Each of these phases has its own lessons to impart, and each relies on the work of the previous phase. Vinyasa yoga requires that we cultivate an awareness that links each action to the next—one breathe at a time. And all this is dressed up with so many energetic and flowing motions, full concentration and awareness of the mind. In Vinyasa every asana is perfectly connected to the next one, like a rhymed words.

To experience all of that you can join Jose’s weekly Vinyasa classes at Ubud Yoga Centre, Bali and The Yoga Barn. If you want to sink deeper there is nothing more perfect then join Inner Yoga’s 200HR Teacher Trainings where Jose is a leading teacher. You can learn key postures in Vinyasa – take an in-depth look at postures, alignment, adjustments, use of props and sequencing. And the most amazing thing is that you will have the opportunity to learn and practice this spiritual teaching in paradise. Inner Yoga retreats are handle at the amazingly stunning Azadi Retreat. Check Inner Yoga website to save your spot now.

A yogi between two different worlds

A yogi between two different worlds

A yogi between two different worlds

We met a lot of amazing people during our FlyHigh yoga teacher training who became inspiring yoga teachers. We would like to introduce you to Tatiana, who was a mentor in our latest FHY teacher training in Shanghai.

Tatiana is from Russia, but she had spent the last 5 years practising yoga in Shanghai. Apart from her yogi lifestyle, she is passionate about healthy and delicious food and fashion. As we all know every yogi has a special story about how yoga transformed their lives.

The beginning of a long yoga journey

Tatiana’s first acquaintance with yoga began a long time ago when she still lived in Russia. Back in the days, yoga wasn’t so popular in Russia and not everyone understands it. Her first yoga practice wasn’t pleasant at all and she felt very dizzy, but she decided to give yoga a second chance.

And … ”Looking back, I would like to say how grateful I am to my teacher, who believed in me and encouraged me to not give up. When I moved to Shanghai, I didn’t understand how I could I live without yoga. That’s why I started to look for a place to continue my practice. I have tried a lot of yoga studios and teachers until I found the right place, where I can deepen my practice and knowledge about yoga. There was I time that I had a very busy schedule, but I never missed a single class. Doesn’t matter if I was in a good or bad mood, or just tired, I give myself a magic kick to go to my yoga practice.

The reason behind my devotion and motivation is that yoga recharges me like nothing else, and it’s the easiest way to stay healthy and mindful in the dynamics and stressful everyday life…”

 Other than living and practising yoga in Asia, Tatiana has had the opportunity to not only explore the Asian yoga lifestyle but also the European one. Her life in Berlin helps her to see the difference between the western and eastern yoga life.

“In my opinion, there are more yoga schools, opportunities and “yoga- likeminded” people in Asia. Meanwhile, yoga in Europe still has the potential to expand and develop. Of course, you can find everything you need in the big cities, but if you go further out of them, it becomes more complicated and challenging for the yoga practitioners.

Yoga can make you fly

Tatiana’s yoga journey took her to Bali. The island that has the intoxicating power to provoke you to experiment and try new things. This magical vibes took her to a FlyHigh yoga class.

“I started practising FlyHigh yoga in Bali with different teachers and I liked it very much because I saw real progress in my usual Ashtanga practice. It helped me to improve some asanas. I remember being so inspired by the practice, that I bought the FlyHigh yoga DVD and the FHY belt to continue to practice when I went back to Shanghai. I was so passionate about flying, so when I returned to Bali for the third time I was lucky to be a part of the FlyHigh teacher training.”

 FlyHigh yoga combines traditional yoga poses and postures with the help of the belt. And it’s inspired by the oldest traditions of Iyengar yoga. The beauty of this kind of aerial yoga is that it gives you freedom and helps you to learn and be more confident in your regular yoga practice. As Tatiana said, she loves it because the FlyHigh yoga helped her to discover a new dimension of her daily yoga practice.

“The key is the belt. You can practice the same poses that you still can’t do in your regular practice for some reasons. For example, if you can’t do a handstand, when you know that your belt is there for you and supports you, you can do this asana so easily. The FHY belt can help you to learn how to adjust your hands, head, legs and body in these positions, and to gain strength. After practising FlyHigh yoga you can easily go into the poses in your regular practice. But you have to understand, my advice to all of the yogis is that there is no magic in life! Practice yoga regularly, be patience to yourself and your body.  Work hard and one day you will achieve your goals.”

After this experience, she joined the latest FlyHigh yoga teacher training, led by the founder of FlyHigh yoga – Jose Luis Jimenez, as a mentor in Shanghai.

“This opportunity was more than just an experience. As I told teacher Jose, the feeling was like in those 5 days I had lived another life. Five amazing days which were dedicated only for yoga. Meeting those 22 amazing and dedicated yogis, was such an inspiration for me. In the beginning, as a teacher, you have to create the trust with your students, break the ice and by the end of the training you’d already know everyone. At the end, I was so happy, but at the same time sad, because the training was over. The connection between the people was so strong, regardless of the short period of time that they know each other. I remember the last day, when the training was over and everyone took their certificate, people just stayed at the yoga studio until late at night and talked to each other, asked me questions and shared between us the love of yoga and FlyHigh yoga. It’s amazing how FlyHigh yoga can bring people together, make them friends, like a family.”

 Yoga is lifelong learning, a journey that never stops. You can find more inspirational and real yogi stories on our blog. If you are curious about the yogis’ lifestyle in Shanghai, check Lynn’s story, who is one of the best yoga teachers there.

Take the leap this New Year and turn your world upside down

Take the leap this New Year and turn your world upside down

Take the leap this New Year and turn your world upside down

Looking back to the past year we see all the amazing people we have met and all the experiences that we went through. Yoga is always a powerful part of our lives. The New Year brings deep reflection and introspection that can amplify processes of self-inquiry, expanding our spiritual awareness and commitment to yogic living and passing everything that we had learned to the people around us.

The New Year is around the corner and is time to set our intention, something that we want to cultivate more of in our work life, relationships or life in general. This intention is called San Culpa in Sanskrit and it is a powerful tool for manifesting our deepest desires into reality. While this is classically done in yoga, this can also be done at the beginning of each day and most certainly at the start of a new year, something we commonly know as the “new year’s resolution.”

Give your self-time to think about all the lessons you had learned and all the self-healing that you had gone through. Thank yourself, be kind to yourself and look at what is waiting in front of you…

This new year we set the intention to help you grow, to have a better understanding about yourself and to go deeper in your yoga practice or to become a better yoga teacher, so you can help others.

There are a lot of definitions to what yoga means. The simple explanation is the connection, a union with the inner self. Yoga means to completely know yourself and to be at peace with it. Letting go of all the things that make us suffer and to embrace the freedom. Yoga is the clear knowledge of being one with the source of all life.

This New Year we invite you to be free, to be brave enough to give yourself everything that your soul so desperately needs. The connection with the mind, the union between your thoughts, feelings and soul.

How FlyHigh yoga can help you this New Year?

Nothing changes the way you view your own life experience like seeing the way other people live. This New Year takes the leap and travel. Meet other yogis and see the world from a different perspective. Travelling is transformative; seeing new places can take you out of your element and remind you of why you are alive. There is no place more amazing to explore your yoga experience, than Bali.

In Bali, you can meet people who will understand you and support you on your journey. Deepen your yoga practice by trying something new and excited.

FlyHigh yoga would like to offer you a life-changing experience in this new year. We are starting our two types of training that will help you build your teaching career and provoke you to see the world from a different perspective by meeting extraordinary people from all over the world and share your love for yoga with them. Imagine 5 days of intense learning about alignment, adjustment, anatomy biomechanics, bio movement and so much more. Sink into the magical world of guided relaxation and mystic healing. Turn your world upside down, face your fears and free your mind from all the blockages. If you are new at aerial yoga you can sign up to our beginner’s level where we will help you to set up the foundations of your FlyHigh yoga practice. After that, you can continue with our Fly High Yoga Level Two, which will bring you out to do any adjustments. With every level two, you will gather another 50 Hour so you can keep doing another level two. When you take four courses 50 Hour FlyHigh Yoga, you can combine it into a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certificate. Joining our FlyHigh Yoga community is an amazing opportunity and uplifting experience. You will be supported by so many people around the world that teach and practice FlyHigh yoga and help their students to deepen their yoga practice, be focused on the asanas and overcome their fears. If you are intrigued, check our upcoming courses here.

We have planned so many exciting things this year and we would be so happy to have you join us on this journey of self-knowing and loving. You can meet our inspiring founder Jose Luis Jimenez in Ubud, Bali, or maybe join him in China for our annual tour. You can find out more about it very soon on our event calendar. Some of our graduate students around the world are also planning trainings all over Europe and Asia that you can check out.

This New Year will be so exciting and full of adventures and transforming experiences. It’s up to you to make it memorable! Take the first step to turn your world upside down!

 

 

 

How to make it a December to remember this holiday season?

How to make it a December to remember this holiday season?

How to make it a December to remember this holiday season?

And just like that, we are again facing the end of another year. December is a magical time when the intensity of the energy vibrations across the globe is really high.

In order to focus on the positive, pleasant and creative experiences, as well as to feel the joy and the euphoria of the upcoming happy moments, we should prepare ourselves. The end of the month is a perfect time to clean our home, our body and our mind. This is the season to spread the love around you and to give to others that are in need.

How to do that?

In order to give around positive energy, you must clean yourself first. Get rid of the old and unnecessary items and things that you haven’t used for a long time. This will clear a place for the new and the fresh thing that is on your way. All the holidays that are celebrated around the world during December are focused on the good deeds, love, family and friends which can be done by supporting and helping the people around us. So allows yourself at this moment to helps others give back to charity all the thing that are no longer serves you. Now is the best time to be generous. Get rid of the chaos and the mess by arranging everything at your place. Harmony at home brings harmony and balance to your thoughts and deeds.

Your body, your mind and your spirit are in constant connection with your home. As you clean and arrange your home, do not neglect your true self. Get rid of old financial obligations; unpleasant and unnecessary emotions and thoughts; refresh your body and mind by directing your attention to beautiful and pleasant thoughts, feelings and experiences.

The joy of giving

Whatever you do to others, you do to yourself, many spiritual traditions preach that, especially at this time of the year. As we give to others, we are creating conditions to receive. Аs you give to those in need, you are planting seeds for your own nourishment. Additionally, when we do something for someone else, the heart center becomes activated. The important thing during this last period of this year is to understand that we are part of a bigger story. And as yogis, our mission is to uplift everyone and try to make the world a better place.  We can’t do that without loving-kindness, generosity, and giving to others.

The practice of giving, or dana in Pali, has a preeminent place in the teachings of the Buddha.

Dana refers to the act of giving and to the donation itself. The Buddha used the word cage to refer to the inner virtue of generosity that ensures that dana is connected to the Path. This use of cage is particularly significant because it also means “relinquishment” or “renunciation.”

In the teaching of the Buddha, the practice of giving claims a place of special eminence, one which singles it out as being in a sense the foundation and seed of spiritual development.

The Buddha understood giving to be a powerful source of merit with long-term benefits both in this life and in lives to come

Different types of giving

For Hindus, dana (giving) is an important part of one’s dharma (religious duty). Dharma has a wide variety of meanings such as eternal law, duty, conduct, behaviour, morality and righteousness. Each person has a dharma towards family, society, the world and all living things. Any giving that is motivated by selfish considerations loses its value from the spiritual point of view.

All kinds of holidays are upon us, the whole world is celebrating. Be mindfulness, be generous to all people around you, and don’t forget that the most needed thing from all is simply LOVE.

How to practice mindfulness with your yoga practice?

How to practice mindfulness with your yoga practice?

How to practice mindfulness with your yoga practice?

Have you ever caught yourself drifting away? Your mind takes you away from the present moment, like a little escape from the reality. This happens during your yoga practice too, isn’t it? Like your brain doesn’t allow you to release all the pressure of your day? Don’t worry we will help you to catch the beauty of the moment and to be present.

Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where you are and what you’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. The state of being conscious and aware of the moment and the feeling it gives you right now. Having good control over your attention is the key to mindfulness. Bringing this to your yoga practice will help you to feel your body, to underspent and realise all the feelings that your practice is trying to teach you.

Yoga teaches us to be in the moment to empty our mind and focus on us. That difference between yoga practice and gymnastic is mindfulness.

Yoga is everything between the gym and the monastery. In yoga we are presently focusing on our breathing, our mind is centred on the sensation that every pose brings to our body. Releasing all the pressure and stress. Enjoying absolute present.

Absorb the moment

The moment you set foot in your yoga studio left behind everything that you have on your mind. Set an intention to become more mindful at the beginning of your yoga practice. Before the beginning, set up your mat, feel it and arrange it with a deep focus. The next hour this will be your personal place, your zone of comfort. Taking several deep breaths can increase oxygen supply and refresh up the brain. Slowly and gently begin to tap into your own experience. Feel the room, the air, the fabric of your clothes touching your body.

Let go of any agenda

Resist the urge to compete with others. This is your practice, your experience to focus on yourself. Do your best to stay connected to what makes the most sense for you in every pose. You are not there to prove anything to anyone. You are here for you, to get in touch in your deepest self, to relax and feel free in your thoughts.

Be kind to yourself

Practise mindfulness by bringing awareness to your emotions and staying in the ‘present’ with them. Chose to pay attention with curiosity, kindness and acceptance to your emotions and movements in each pose. Notice when you need to rest or modify and do it. Don’t try to catch up with everyone’s temp, find your perfect speed in each pose, so you can become aware of it. Don’t push yourself if you can’t do the pose perfectly. Stay connected to your breath and notice when you need to stop and take a break. Yoga is love to the body and accepting who you really are.

Sink into the Savasana

Allow your body to totally relax and let the mind do what it does.  The idea of Savasana is to let your body to physically relax. Savasana is perhaps the most important part of yoga practice. It is also considered the most difficult pose, because of the deep focus of yourself and letting go of every thought and just enjoying the sensation of the moment.

When you do your yoga practice you so focus on your breathing, you have a sensation of an absolute present. That is so satisfying. Listening to your thought, enjoying your moments of you and your body, enjoying the absolute present.